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Nearly 109 students from the Skilled Tailoring Institute by Raymond (STIR) in Lucknow have successfully completed a tailoring course under the Uttar Pradesh Skill Development Mission. Most students have also bagged jobs in the textile sector followed by Raymond Shops, MBOs and tailor shops/boutiques. In the next five years, Raymond plans to launch 20 more centres across the country in a phased manner. The company also plans to train more than 10,000 students in future. STIR, which is a social initiative from the company, offers tailoring courses for marginalised and unemployed youth and women of the state, to provide them with employment/self-employment opportunities. Besides, for better customer interface, every student goes through a soft skill development training within the institute.

Surendra Singh Mission Director of UP Skill Development Mission says they always believed in offering employability linked skill development training programmes in tailoring through their social initiative in the country, STIR. He added that they were looking forward to facilitate free training to more students through this initiative in UP and the state government was supporting it as well.

"In 2014-15 textile exports rose to $13.8 billion which pushed up Pakistan’s total exports to more than $24 billion. Top global brands like Levi’s, GAP, Nike, Adidas, Jordache, Diesel, Polo to name a few are sourcing from the country. Pakistan’s lawn, bed linen and denim fabric have made a name worldwide."

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Pakistan’s textile industry is one of the most important sectors of the economy with one of the longest production chain, inherent potential for value addition at each stage of processing, from cotton to ginning, spinning, fabric, dyeing and finishing, made-ups, and garments. Textiles products have maintained an average 54 per cent share of national exports barring seasonal and cyclical fluctuations.
Cloth production on the rise

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Pakistan’s total production of cloth (mill and non-mill sector) rose from 8,524 billion sq. mt. in 2005-06 to 11,850 billion sq. mt. in 2014-15. The total fabric production of non-mill loom sector is more than 90 per cent. Thus, weaving capacity continues to enjoy a predominant position. Setting up of shuttle-less weaving machines has resulted in high growth of fabric production. The largest consumer of cotton yarn is supposed to be shuttle-less weaving sector, while the non-mill weaving sector contributes to exports by producing low quality sheeting fabrics.

Instead of making efforts to develop and modernise the weaving sector, the organised sector shifted to cotton spinning. Production of cotton fabrics in mill-sector increased from 915 million sq. mt in 2005-06 to 1,036 million sq. mt. in 2014-15, an average increase of 2 per cent per year.

There are about 700 textile processing mills in Pakistan and All Pakistan Processing Mills Association (APTMA) represents the organised finishing sector. The entire value chain from yarn to garments is covered by many of these mills, which are integrated units. These mills belong to different subsectors such as towels, bed linen, denim, knitted fabrics, and garments. The unorganised sector, with second hand machinery working under basic conditions, has more than 50 per cent of the total processing companies. These mills are spread all over Pakistan but a large number of them are in the Faisalabad area. They face issues of power availability.

Exports on the rise

Since 1990, exports of finished textiles have been growing. However, the industry has been shaken by trade restrictions based on environmental considerations in recent years. Due to lack of compliance with certain legislations in importing countries, certain exporters in the country have faced cancellation of orders.

Pakistan’s value-added textile products exports rose 7.5 per cent to touch $4.517 billion in 2014-15. Exports of readymade garments grew 10.5 per cent to reach $2.10 billion, and of knitwear raised 5.37 per cent to $2.42 billion compared to $2.29 billion during the previous year. Since many of the countries that enjoy the GSP status are not expected to fall in the GSP Plus group, Pakistan is in a position to export more to the EU on low duties.

In 2014-15 textile exports rose to $13.8 billion which pushed up Pakistan’s total exports to more than $24 billion. Top global brands like Levi’s, GAP, Nike, Adidas, Jordache, Diesel, Polo to name a few are sourcing from the country. Pakistan’s lawn, bed linen and denim fabric have made a name worldwide.

Brussels-based CIRFS the association representing European man-made fibres industry, European Man-made Fibres Association recently announced the publication of its latest statistical report on developments in the world man-made fibres industry. This is the 51st edition of the report and it gathers data on production of acrylic, cellulosic, polyamide, polyester, polypropylene, wool and cotton, across the globe as a whole and in all the countries for which data exists, consumption and uses, and world trade in man-made fibres, yarns and fabrics.

Frédéric VAN HOUTE, Director-General, CIRFS while speaking about the report said that it shows continued and solid growth of the world’s man-made fibres industry while cotton and wool shares continue to decrease. It confirms the strength of global production of man-made fibres, and their dominant share in world demand for fibres, he said. In 2014, MMF represented 71 percent of all textile fibres produced worldwide; the percentage going up to 79 percent in Europe, he added.

Elaborating on how well man-made fibres have done in the past decade, VAN HOUTE stated that the share of man-made fibres in global fibre production grew from 59 per cent to 71 percent and Europe remains the world’s second largest producer of man-made fibres after China. It is the world’s largest exporter of acrylic and cellulosic fibres, and the biggest producer of ultra-high strength fibres and of polypropylene fibres, he mentioned.

He also said that the European man-made fibres industry is the largest supplier of raw materials to the continent’s textile industry. He believes that every producer and user of man-made fibres, governments, financial and economic actors, investors and consultants can benefit from the best possible information about industry trends and market size through CIRFS.

Dekko has achieved 9.07 percent fabric saving with its flagship product, intelloCut. This is ThreadSol Softwares, pioneer enterprise material management solutions for sewn product industry. By using effective concepts of fabric utilisation packaged in advance technology, and thereby boosting profits in a click, IntelloCut gives manufacturers the edge to reduce material wastage. ThreadSol has been successful in saving fabric cost for more than 70 factories in eight geographies. Big names such as Kenpark, Regency, Aman Graphics and Pacific Jeans have already adopted ThreadSol’s solutions within six months of operation in the Bangladesh apparel market.

Dekko’s owner Kalpan, was impressed by the reports and said that while fabric saving was the highlight, it was ThreadSol’s overall approach to streamline processes and to generate automated reports on the phone, which made a difference for them. The impressive fabric saving of 9.07 percent in the first two weeks, deeply instilled their belief in the product, he added.

ThreadSol uses smartphone and tablet applications to seamlessly integrate with manufacturers, keeping in step with the evolving times of technology. Besides, Dekko not only saved fabric but also significantly reduced process loss through IntelloCut’s feedback tablet application.

ThreadSol’s two products IntelloCut and IntelloBuy offer complete Enterprise Material Management through which manufacturers save fabric cost and boost their top line by 50 percent.

Despite enjoying GSP+ status to the EU, textile exports from Pakistan decline, except the towel and readymade garments reporting a growth of just 4.17 per cent ($10.712 million) and 4.10 per cent ($26.8 million), respectively in July-October 2015/16.

Cumulative textile exports, in the second quarter of this financial year declined by 7 percent or $316 million to $4.271 billion from $4.587 billion in the same period last fiscal year, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) said. Quantity of towel export also mounted by 7.07 per cent or 3, 758 metric tons to 56,948 metric tons in July-October 2015/16 from 53,190 metric tons in the same period last fiscal year. Readymade garments export, in term of volume, however declined by 7.24 per cent or 3, 071,000 dozens to 6,948,000 dozens from 10,019,000 dozens, the PBS shows.

Bed-wear export declined by 8.02 per cent or $58.773 million to $674.567 million from $733.340 million and volume by 8 per cent or 28, 743 metric tons to 104,889 metric tons from 133,632 metric tons. Knitwear exports dipped by 2.16 per cent or $18.079 million to $820.299 million from $838.378 million, and, in term of quantity, by 3 per cent or 1,018,000 dozens to 36,289,000 dozens from 35,271,000 dozens. Export of cotton cloth slumped by 9 per cent or $73.373 million to $761.813 million from $835.186 million, and volume by 8 per cent or 52, 523metric square meters to 619,252 square meters from 671,775 square meters.

Cotton yarn export declined by 21.04 per cent or $134.322 million to $504.209 million from $638.531 million and quantity by 14.37 per cent or 3, 2248 metric tons to 192,193 metric tons from 224,441 metric tons. Exports of raw cotton by 10.21 per cent down, cotton carded or combed by 98 per cent, yarn other than cotton yarn by 23 per cent, tents, canvas and tarpaulin by 49 per cent, art, silk and synthetic textile by 20 per cent, made-up articles by 0.17 per cent and other textile goods by 2.16 per cent respectively.

Sighting growth of the colourants markets in India and China, China Dyestuff Industry Association (CDIA), China Dyeing and Printing Association (CDPA) and CCPIT Shanghai Sub-council, the organisers of the China Interdye have announced the 5th Interdye Asia exhibition in Ahmedabad from December 3 to 5, 2015.

Interdye Asia 2015 is also supported by industry bodies such as CHEMEXCIL, DMAI, TAI, SGTPA and GPE Expo. According to the organisers, Gujarat was chosen as the venue for next edition of Interdye Asia since the state enjoys dominant position in colourant-manufacturing in India. China and India are now global leaders in the colourants fields with immense opportunities for further growth and consolidation, and thus it is natural for colourants industry of both the countries to come closer and collaborate, said the organisers of Interdye exhibition.

Interdye Asia has attracted wide attention and active participation from the international colourants industry. A show space will be occupied by 110 companies from China, India, Germany, and Thailand, such as Lonsen, Runtu, Yabang, Jihua, Transfar, JECO, Sunshine, Tianyuan, Color Root, Kedah, Zhijiang, Anoky, Boao, Zhenqing, Jingjin, Yorkshire, Modern, Atul, Meghmani, Vapchem, Jagson, Hindprakash, Gopinath and Saraf.

Exhibits on display would include all kinds of ecological and environmental-friendly dyes, organic pigments, printing and dyeing auxiliaries, relevant equipment and other products. The event will also witness a half day forum on industrial development, investment and industrial policy between China and India on December 3, 2015 at the exhibition venue. The next show will be held from April 13-15, 2016 at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre in Shanghai, China.

Cotton ginning units in India are suffering on the back of falling cotton prices, low margins and loans at high costs. As per the data, cotton prices continued to witness a decline from Rs 32,800 to Rs 32,000 per candy (356 kg) during the month of November.

According to Arvind Patel, Vice-President of Saurashtra Ginners’ Association (SGA), cotton ginners are facing tough times with declining export demand from leading buyers like China, which is also affecting their profit margins. Out of almost over 4,300 ginning units, about 1,300 are spread across Gujarat’s Saurashtra and North Gujarat and other regions. But some of them are now planning to shift to other business then cotton ginning due to low demand.

As per industry estimates, it requires about 1,000 kg of raw cotton to make one candy (356 kg) of cotton. The cost economics puts the total cost to make a candy at Rs 42,000-43,000, including processing cost, while the price stands at Rs 32,000 per candy. Raw cotton comprises of about 34 per cent of cotton, 63 per cent of cotton seed and about three per cent wastage. Seed fetches anywhere between Rs 390-410 per 20 kg, which leads a cotton ginner having to spend around Rs 44,000 per candy, including cotton and seed resulting in very low profit margin.

Now industry bodies such as Punjab Cotton Ginners’ Association have decided to approach the Union Finance Minister and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), seeking financial support for the sector.

After the successful fourth edition of the Denimsandjeans event held in Dhaka, Bangladesh recently, which was around the theme of ‘Denim Playground’ keeping the impact of athleisure trend on denims in mind, the forthcoming edition to be held in March would focus on denim fashion. The 5th instalment of the show returns from March 2, 2016.

According to the organisers, the forthcoming show will revolve around the theme of Denim-in-Fashion with most celebrated designer denim brands from Alexa Chung for AG Jeans to Marques Almeida and even Prada adding style and touches history to create nostalgic collections of denims. With Prada’s spring 2015 menswear show, denim emerged as the catwalk trend, which was followed by Gucci’s sun-bleached or neat shirt-waisters with giant pockets, Dolce & Gabbana’s embellished women’s jeans with rhinestones and Burberry’s denim jacket for both men and women. The collection was a reminder of 70’s-style jeans with stitching highlighting pockets and boot-cut shapes, teamed with bobbly jumpers and flat sandals.

Prada, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Chloé – have also brought patchwork jeans to the global fashion scene against once universal cocktail dresses. Keeping the evolution of denim as a fashion statement in sight, Denimsandjeans decided to base its next edition on the theme of fashion denim.

Isko is a premium denim brand based in Turkey. Isko will use the SAC’s sustainability metrics tool, the Higg Index, to drive environmental responsibility across its supply chain. Isko will contribute both data and resources to support the Higg Index, which gauges environmental sustainability and drives supply chain decision-making to better efficiency and sustainability impact.

The Higg Index is an open source, indicator-based tool that allows suppliers, manufacturers, brands and retailers to evaluate materials, products, facilities and processes based on environmental and product design choices.

There are currently more than 160 members of the SAC, including Adidas, C&A, Gap, H&M, Kohl's, Levi's, Macy's, Nike, Puma, REI, Target, and VF Corporation. The collaboration shows how industries can join hands and take significant steps forward in value chain performance. The effort also aims at driving better product sustainability over time.

Isko is part of the Sanko group, a multinational holding company characterised by a solid and well-established presence in the textile industry. Isko Denim is one of the world’s leading denim producers with 1,500 high tech automated looms, global distribution of employees and a production capacity of 250 million meters per year and a portfolio that includes more than 25,000 products.

A nonwovens symposium was held in Turkey, November 10 and 11. The two day event saw 250 participants and 30 exhibitors, representing 121 companies and 24 countries. The symposium addressed the whole nonwovens supply chain from Turkey and its key trading partners, the general economic background, the nonwoven markets, raw materials, machinery and processes.

The aim was to reinforce trading links in nonwovens in a variety of applications from personal to healthcare and filtration to transportation and construction and make for sustainable growth of the whole supply chain of the nonwovens industry. Durable nonwovens were an integral part of the conference agenda. Production of nonwovens in Turkey grew by 20.3 per cent between 2009 and 2014 to reach 2,65,000 tons, representing 12 per cent of the greater European and nearly three per cent of the global output.

The session on machinery and processes sparked many questions from the audience, reflecting the importance of technology in producing nonwovens for the niche and main stream markets. A session on hygiene markets put sub-Saharan Africa in the spotlight as a huge potential market. The symposium is the second of its kind to be held in Turkey.

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